Education

Tykes on trikes raise money for St. Jude

A total of 16 students at Noah’s Ark Preschool in Sadorus, a ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church, pedaled for a cause May 8 in their annual Trike-A-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Students rode up to 46 laps and then enjoyed a break and snack of watermelon provided by parents.
 


Unity Junior High School teacher retiring

For Marcia McQueen, returning to the Unit 7 school district to teach was like coming home.
The Unity Junior High School science teacher grew up in Pesotum and recently retired from the school district after spending the last eight years of her career there.
McQueen earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in elementary education from Eastern Illinois University.


Unity graduates 119 students on Sunday

Their diplomas prove that they have accomplished great things at Unity High School.
That was what Superintendent Andrew Larson told the 199 newest Unity graduates on Sunday during the school’s 66th annual commencement exercises. Larson’s son Josh was among those receiving diplomas, and the superintendent showed emotion while sharing words of advice.
 


New members inducted into NHS

After the Hall of Fame members were inducted, 21 Unity students were inducted into the National Honor Society.


Kindergartner gets to be principal for a day

Kindergartner Lilly Daly wants to be a school principal when she grows up.
The St. Thomas Catholic School student got a little training in that occupation last Thursday when she became the school’s principal for a day.
Daly’s parents bid on the honor at the silent auction during St. Thomas’ annual trivia night on April 11.


Junior high classes teach more than traditional subjects

Unity Junior High School eighth-graders are getting lessons that go beyond the traditional reading, writing and ‘rithmetic.
Two exploratory classes called Journey and Quest last for a quarter each.


Grand day

St. Thomas Catholic School celebrated Grandparents Day on March 6. Grandparents were invited to attend Mass in the morning, followed by coffee and doughnuts in the school gym. There was then a student program followed by classroom time with grandparents.


World class

Carrie Busey Elementary School held its annual International Night, "A Celebration of World Culture," on March 5. Carrie Busey families from Argentina, China, Cuba, El Salvador, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Philippines, Slovakia, Ukraine and Venezuela shared he culture and heritage of their countries.


Trueblood recognized as National Board Certified teacher

Michele Trueblood, a deaf and hard-of-hearing teacher at Carrie Busey Elementary School, has been recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards as a National Board Certified teacher.
National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential that acknowledges effective and accomplished teachers. It is a volunteer program.


Mardi Gras carnival

St. Thomas Catholic School in Philo held its annual Mardi Gras carnival last Tuesday. Proceeds from ticket sales are going to the American Heart Association.


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